UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Canada has granted asylum to a Filipino woman who has given refuge in Hong Kong to former US intelligence adviser Edward Snowden after leaking secret government documents angered Washington, a rights group said on Monday.
Vanessa Rodel and her 7-year-old daughter Kina are due to arrive in Toronto Monday evening from Hong Kong, according to the organization “For Refugees”.
The former US client, Rodel, helped in 2013 to hide from the authorities in their small apartment, after making the largest leak of classified government information in US history.
After fleeing a Hong Kong hotel for fear of being discovered, Snowden hid among the refugees who fed and cared for him for two weeks.
And Din Snowdon, who now lives in Russia, in June 2013 by spying and stealing state secrets.
Canada decided to grant Rodel and her daughter asylum in January, but this was kept secret for security reasons, according to the organization “For Refugees”.
Five people who helped Snowden sought asylum in Canada, but all are still in Hong Kong pending the Canadian government’s response to their requests, the Canadian National Post reported.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined to comment.
“Because this is a situation that concerns a specific issue … it is not appropriate for me to comment,” he said.
A Canadian Immigration Ministry spokesman declined to comment, saying only that “in exceptional circumstances” asylum requests could be speeded up.
Ruddell was under pressure from authorities in Hong Kong and faced the risk of deportation, Radio Canada reported.
In an interview with Agence France-Presse earlier, the Philippine Rodel said she did not regret the reception of Snowden.
“I hope to go to Canada and start a new life in safety and freedom.”
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